First-year student Ryan Werbalowsky
First-year student Ryan Werbalowsky

First-year student Ryan Werbalowsky discusses his inspirations and adjusting back to life in Minneapolis.

Why did you choose MCAD?

I chose MCAD because I like Minnesota better. I visited for a tour in October and it really caught my eye. There’s a lot of great resources here that I wasn’t getting in California.

Was it hard moving to Minneapolis?

My parents live here and I was raised here. It wasn’t hard for me at all, but I am looking forward to the weather getting warmer. I get a lot of inspiration from being outdoors.

Ryan Werbalowsky, Chess on Venus

Did you know what you wanted to major in before applying?

When I came for National Portfolio Day I showed a lot of my drawings. I’m interested in concept art. I’m mainly focusing on work that would be in science-fiction movies and any sort of movie that wants fictitious objects and scenery. That would ultimately be my dream job. I haven’t declared my major yet, but with the art that I’m creating, I am leaning towards illustration.

When you think of illustrations do you start digitally or with a pen and paper?

At the moment, I start with pencil and paper, then add in color. I’m considering doing some of my work digitally because there are a few pieces on my list that involve a lot of complex mathematics.

I feel like everybody has their own world and their own imagination, I’ve been creating different things and drawing things from my imagination and it’s really satisfying to see what I imagined in my head on paper.


Ryan Werbalowsky, Datsungator

Are you adjusting well to life at MCAD?

I’m enjoying it. It took a while, but I’ve finally established a great group of friends. Of course that’s always hard at first when you’re new. It’s great when you finally get that feeling of acceptance.

Check out more of Ryan’s work below!